I would like to nominate my daughters pedal tractor, before you say anything this is no ordinary pedal tractor please read.
This started as a tractor that belonged to a very good friend of mine, it was a simplicity landlord 2010 with a hydraulic lift, he used it daily for many years and eventually it just got worn out, he parked it behind his sugar house and there it sat for many years. me any my father collect tractors like this and use them, we knew it was there and were always after him to sell it to us but he never would. finally after about 8 years he budged and decided to let it go but after all that time behind the barn it really was just about scrap weight. we got it home and parted it out.
So here we are with a complete tractor in pieces, we want all the heavy stuff but don't need the tin, we are setting in the barn one night trying to decide what to do with all the tin work when my daughter walks in an begins to play on what was left of the tractor, she chimes in that it would be fun to have in the yard to play on. We took it one step further.
It took us almost on entire summer to get his rite, without the rear end I had to make a custom one up to hold the seat and axle, then the seat pan looked to big for the application so that had to be cut and narrowed to fit, used and old iron seat from a sears and the back rest it the seat from a weight bench, all the heavy stuff had to come of or be re-made out of aluminum, weeks worth of cutting and grinding and making new parts, once we finally got the tractor together we ripped apart a bmx bike for the pedals and gears. used as many of the original parts as we could and it came out great.
That is the first round, after about a year and two injury's on it we decided to do more work, it needed a brake and a free wheel gear so when it was rolling the pedal would not hurt the kids, again another bmx bike donor was used for the free wheel gear, we used an original lift handle and the brake band and drum from the rear end for the brakes, got it all together and it looked good. It had brakes and the pedal's would free wheel.
Now for the tires, with the original tires on there the kids could pedal it around but it was to difficult in the grass or on a hill, the tires gave it to much resistance. I tried a bunch of different things. The fronts were easy, I was scrapping and happened across a set of high wheel mower wheels which were perfect for the front, just needed new bushings. the rear were a bit more difficult, I tried about 4 different things, bmx wheels were to small and didn't look rite, the same for most of what I could find around here, finally after most of the winter a friend was over and we were talking and he said something about needing new dirt bike wheels!!!!!! Perfect they have the beefy tread to get around and are the rite size. The set that is on there now are to tall but I have a set on order that will be perfect. looks good right? Wrong! what does any gt have to have ? A trailer!
The trailer was her birthday present last year. I made it in the garage it is modeled after the IH trailer I use on my allis, again I used all the recycled stuff I could find but most of it had to be brand new just for ease of assembly. It even dumps!!!
Yes she is the most spoiled kid on the block!
Not sure what is next, but you never know!!
Edited by petrj6, April 12, 2014 - 09:00 PM.